Walt Disney World Resort's four major theme parks get millions of visitors a year: 20.45 million to Magic Kingdom, 12.5 million to Animal Kingdom, 12.2 million to Epcot and 10.72 million to Hollywood Studios to be exact.
Families have traveled near and far to visit Mickey Mouse and friends since the 1960s, but this year it may be more challenging for families using strollers inside the park.
Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland updated their stroller policies, which took effect in May 2019.
New regulations prohibit strollers larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long, and stroller wagons are banned altogether. Wagons, whether pushed or pulled, are also not permitted.
“Walt Disney World Resort makes updates from time to time, and the reduction of stroller sizes is intended to ease guest flow and reduce congestion, making the park experience more enjoyable for everyone who visits,” reads the announcement on Disney’s website. “Many strollers, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these guidelines.”
While some parents took to social media to express disagreement with the policy, the smaller stroller sizes will make going through screenings and security checks quicker, and navigating through the parks easier.
Disney advises parents to rent strollers within the parks to avoid any confusion or issues if your stroller ends up being too big. Parents who try to enter the park with a stroller that doesn’t meet the requirements will be asked to check the item or return it to their car or hotel room.
At Walt Disney World, single strollers (recommended for children 50 lbs. or less) are $15 per day or $13 for multiple days, and double strollers (recommended for children 100 lbs. or less) are $31 per day, or $27 for multiple days.